Baylan steps down as party chair
Social Democratic Party Chair Ibrahim Baylan has announced he is to leave his post ahead of the extra party conference to pick a new party leader at the end of March.
His decision was expected, as it gives the leadership nominating committee more room in its negotiations to find a new leader. The Party Chair is essentially second in command in the party and deals with the day to day administration.
Baylan, from the north of Sweden, says he will stand down so he can spend more time with his small children. He will remain an MP, however.
The nominating committee is now said to be in the final stages of the selection process, with the various districts now discussing the names of the possible leadership candidates. Once the districts have agreed on a name, it will be put forward to the extra party conference in two weeks time.